Where Chefs Eat in San Francisco

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Restaurants:Quince, The Progress, Benu
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Financial District / Embarcadero, Western Addition, SOMA

Quince

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,578 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
“I love the tasting menu and wine pairing with the extra cheese course. Every bite is spectacular.” – Daniel Costa
100% recommended
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The Progress

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
1,449 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
“Incredible cooking and atmosphere from a progressive chef.” – Kyle Connaughton
97% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Benu

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,609 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
“Probably the best fine dining restaurant in the country right now. Corey Lee's cooking is extraordinary, and the service and wine program are great as well.” – Daniel Patterson
89% recommended
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State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,590 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
“This restaurant rocks – always fun and a really great concept.” – Aaron London
97% recommended
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Monsieur Benjamin

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,228 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Pre/post Theatre
“When my wife and I ask one another where we want to eat on our day off, more often than not we end up concluding that we just want to go back here again. French bistro fare is deeRead more
100% recommended
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AL's Place

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,617 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Val Cantu from Californios
85% recommended
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House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
11,243 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Worth the Drive
Recommended by Chefs Evan & Sarah Rich from Rich Table
98% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area
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In Situ

$$$$·Global, International·
SOMA
787 reviews
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
Recommended by Chef Paul Cunningham from Henne Kirkeby Kro
100% recommended
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Namu Stonepot (FKA Namu Gaji)

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
580 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Recommended by Chef Ravi Kapur from Liholiho Yacht Club
88% recommended
67 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Coi

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,433 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Recommended by Chef Giulio Sturla from Roots
28 people mentioned the Abalone
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Trou Normand

$$$$·Californian·
SOMA
566 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
“A place to go to for well-executed, simple food, and great drinks.” – Corey Lee
24 people mentioned the Charcuterie Plate
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